23 November, 2020

He's Got Oars

This Gandhi is a Columbus—he will be the first Asian to row across the Atlantic

He's Got Oars
When Bhavik Gandhi dreams, he dreams of the high seas, battling four-storey-high waves, killer storms and gale winds of terrifying force. Of becoming the first Asian to row across the Atlantic Ocean solo, unassisted by motors, sails or any other support. En route could be Great Whites, mean currents and a whole marine menu of dangers. If he completes the feat, he will be only the 23rd person to row across the mammoth blue expanse, purely relying on his will and muscles.

The Mumbai-born Gujarati, now based in Stockholm, will roughly retrace the route Christopher Columbus took in search of India five centuries ago. Gandhi will set off from La Gomera in Spain and will land in Antigua in the Caribbean, cutting across the notorious Bermuda Triangle in the bargain. And he’s not content being the first Asian to undertake the challenge. He told Outlook from La Gomera: "I’m also attempting to break the current record for the fastest modern-day crossing, held by Emmanuel Coindre." To become the record holder, he will need to finish rowing the distance—approximately 3,000...



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